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Thursday, 24 November 2011

了解 CEO 2

在The Star 看到这篇访问timecom CEO 的文章,跟大家分享一下,也了解下Afzal 的为人想法。因为我觉得“人”在一家公司是最重要的。

由于Afzal 不是大名人,也很少在报章看到他,所以拿了这旧闻分享。和之前一样,懒惰读英文的朋友看我一吹水方式写出来的华语好了。还附上一些图片让大家更好的了解。

记住- 有图片,有了解,有证据,有真相。 

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Your 10 questions with Afzal Abdul Rahim ... 47&sec=business

Time dotCom (TIME) has achieved a great turn-around since you took over in 2008, what are your future plans for the company to achieve greater growth and transforming it into a globally competitive company? Gan Kong Yik, Kuala Lumpur老板, 在你英明的领导下Time 终于转亏为盈,以后有什么好康告诉我,让我看要不要进货。。
“Great” is an overly generous word to describe our turnaround. As much as we have clearly turned the corner, there are many, many things that we could have done better over the last two years. The truth of the matter is that in 1995, Maxis, Celcom and DiGi were our peers, and they are now many times our size.
呵呵,英明不敢当,算才喘口气。现在四面受敌,连SingBlueSilver 分享我们的故事都被问为何不研究Maxis, Celcom and DiGi,显啊。。。 
The analogy I use is that for 15 years, the other teams have been running around the track racing against each other and we’ve been stuck in the pit lane! We are now finally at the starting grid, and have to make up the 15 laps, one lap at a time. The real challenge starts now, and it’s time to battle it out for market share against the giants.
I think we have a good shot at systematically taking more market share year by year. We’ve recently announced plans to transition the company into a regional wholesale player. In all of this, the determining factor will always be our ability to execute our plans.

There have been several comments on the nature of proposed acquisitions by TIME. What is your reaction to this? Jeffrey Tan, Kuala Lumpur听说你的收购4 家公司计划褒贬不一 ?
In general, there have been three broad groupings of reaction to our recent proposed corporate exercise: positive and excited; indifferent and unstirred and; sceptical and cynical.
The positive and excited group is overwhelmingly the largest one. They understand that the acquisitions will take the business to an entirely different level. They see that the ownership across the entire telco value chain; starting at fibre last mile to data centre content hosting to trans-Pacific submarine cable capacity and a global internet network, allows us to break into a business that’s usually reserved for the really big boys. We get to reduce our costs significantly while allowing us to guarantee end-to-end service quality.
注:有了GTL ,可以从海底宽带到数据中心都纳入TDC,改善成本.
The indifferent and unstirred group believes it is not a big deal and its a usual course of business. For most of them, TIME is a non-event and not on their radar screen. In short, they never considered us a player, and the acquisitions haven’t changed their perspective in that respect. It’s quite frustrating sometimes when I meet with people from this category and share our industry ambitions with them.
第二帮,看都不看我们, 在investalks 看到标题是timecom也懒得进来鸟你。
My favourite group are the sceptics, cynics and fringe commentators.They are the best to listen to for the latest “news”: who’s related to who, what contracts have been awarded to which company.
I enjoy engaging this group because they’re the real opinion makers and it is their usually sensational views that get taken most seriously. After all, who doesn’t want to listen to the “inside story” over a thosai?
第三帮,阴谋论者。我爱阴'mou’ ..他们很吵,我爱热闹。
注:因为azfal 要买的公司其实就是他自己的,所以受到市场质疑,觉得他中饱私囊, 用阿公的钱买自己的公司。也惹来疑问是不是他要拿钱走人。 
请看图,红色的是Azfal 的公司,买了后会注入TDC,会搬到TDC 格子下面

意见:我觉得他只是履行他们的约定。Azfal需把GTL和其他相关公司注入TDC,而且过后Azfal 持股会上升到51%,所以不是退场动作(希望没看错)
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The rationale for this proposal is to remodel TIME into a bigger and tougher regional player. Tapping into the synergies provided by each company, the proposal will allow TIME to leapfrog into an integrated telecommunications player.Each of these companies inject value into TIME.
Since we made the announcement on the proposed corporate exercise, we have received positive feedback from key institutional investors and they have been supportive of TIME’s long-term vision.

Some have also taken advantage of the initial price drop to increase their stakes which we take as encouraging. We certainly hope our shareholders will see this exercise for the growth potential it brings to TIME. I hope they will exercise their rights once we call for an EGM.
我没吃钱! 我只是要做大Timecom!!请投赞成票!!!

Since you took over the management of TIME, what have you achieved? Menon, KL

I told myself that I would lose 1kg of body weight for every RM1mil of additional net profit that TIME clocks in, but have failed miserably at that. So, that’s a clear target miss.Jokes aside though, apart from the obvious improvements to our financials, and the fact that we are FINALLY sustainably profitable – our biggest achievement has been the change in our corporate culture.
We decided early on that no turnaround is complete without cultural renewal, and so we set off determining our corporate DNA, and collectively decided how we wanted to work and interact. The results are stunning.I am so very proud of our boys and girls, who have wholeheartedly embraced the radical changes that we instituted. They continue to inspire me on a daily basis. You guys rock!

How IT-savvy do you foresee Malaysians to be by the year 2020? Bernard KH Lim, Penang.大马未来科技智商?
Malaysian consumers have been in the forefront of IT and new technology adoption for a while now. As a developing nation, we exceeded 100% mobile penetration in less than 10 years. We recently passed the 50% mark in broadband penetration. We now see a generation hooked on mobility and social media. I think Malaysians are as IT savvy as any other society.
Malaysia Boleh !!
I do worry sometimes that we will lose our “Malaysianess”, but that’s an issue that should be dealt with at home or at school, and not by determining what kind of content people should be accessing. I really have trouble figuring out what our usage behaviour will be in 2020, but one thing I’m certain of is that people to people interactions will reduce as we keep using our devices as an intermediary.

You have rebranded TIME recently. It looks great! What inspired the new look? Suzzie, KL你帮time 改头换面了,好看!灵感来自??
All the other colours are taken by major telcos, and that magenta is really cheap to print! We also wanted the macho guys at the office to embrace their sensitive side and embrace a more progressive colour palette in their daily life. Magenta also stands out from an advertising perspective. Makes sense?
But the truth is, the new corporate identity adopts TIME’s new business culture. One that embodies a promise of challenging the norms and setting new standards. Our colour is magenta because it is unique, distinctive and bold. The speed lines in our logo represents the new performance pushing spirit within the orgranisation. It also speaks for the delivery of high performance connectivity via our resilient network and in our products and services. It symbolises the stretched efforts TIME puts in delivery and prompt customer service.We love our new identity and we’re so glad you do too. We promise to live up to all it represents.
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TIME has wired up several building with fibre in the Kuala Lumpur area. Where else do you expect to wire up in 2011? Kenny Yeow SL, Ipoh2011 有何发展大计?

I’m glad to know that there are people looking out for our 100% fibre service. We now have over 30,000 buildings in the Golden Triangle and Mont Kiara area running on our 100% fibre network. We are in the midst of covering a further 167,000 premises in more areas in the Klang Valley and we are spreading out to Penang as well. And as we expand our network coverage in these areas
金三角和Mont Kiara现有30k建筑物铺有我们的光纤,167K在巴生谷做着,迟些找林首长喝茶。
 we are also rolling out high-performance Internet products for both consumers and businesses. TIME Fibre Broadband for home users and TIME Fibre Internet for businesses. I am proud to say that both of these products carry a TIME-unique feature which we call the BOOST. TIME customers are the only broadband users in the country who have the option to increase their bandwidth as and when they require.

TIME recently announced a landmark collaboration with Astro to provide IPTV on our 100% fibre-based network in these areas. We are focused on wiring-up more buildings at rapid speed to meet consumer demands for real high-speed broadband that is reliable and stable.
和Astro 合作,让你下雨也有《法证先锋3》看。

How do you position TIME against the incumbent telco TM, also a GLC. Do you see TM as a competitor or a partner or both? Hafiz Yusof, Shah Alam如何跟TM竞争? 人家也是有阿公照的。

I genuinely have a lot of affection for TM and what they do. Truth be told, we know each other well, and partner where we can. Datuk Zam is a bit of a mentor to me and others in the industry and I think he’s doing a great job there.
Having said that, the fixed-line marketplace is obviously a dog fight between us, and that’s the way it should be. It needs to be this way so consumers get the best deal possible.
我们注定是死对头,但也是为了人民- Rakyat didahulukan
TM’s ubiquity of coverage makes them a tough competitor. For example we can’t offer services to rural areas because we simply don’t have the fibre there. This “out-of-town” revenue is significant and fast growing, and so we have to find other ways to acquire market share.
Our mainstay as the country’s alternative fixed line operator remains the corporate and wholesale business segments. These are large customers who have serious demands and standards. We try our best to keep them happy and try to raise the service bar where we can.Don’t get me wrong, we’ll continue to give them a run for their money and chip away market share, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends.

If you had to pick a word to describe yourself, what would that be, and would your friends agree with it? Bulbir Singh, Seremban形容一下你自己
 Disruptive. And I would think my friends would agree. In an endearing sense, I hope. I think they’re pretty used to me by now. They also know me as a bit of a prankster. I’m pretty much the same at work I guess. I’m certainly not the easiest person to work with, and really do enjoy a good disagreement.

What hobbies do you indulge in between your hectic schedules? Tabitha CC Boi, Penang.

I have to say that teh-tariking is top of the list. Mostly in the evenings after work. I led a pretty hectic life and rarely ever get to spend time at home.I try to play badminton whenever I can, with the TIME crew and also old secondary school friends. Music is a big part of my life, and something will always be playing throughout the day.I am also a self-confessed gadget and gizmo junkie. I spend a lot of time playing with silly new gadgets.

Do you prefer running TIME or Chawan? May, Bangsar喜欢做Timecom CEO还是做waiter ?

Well, Chawan is a family business, and I’m very fortunate that my brother-in-law is the boss there.
There is a certain attraction to waiting tables though. I find it de-stressing, and in the early days used to head there after work to help out. It’s also a fact that the most serious business problem you can ever have waiting table is easily solved by saying “I’m sorry Sir, we’ve run out of rendang, can I offer you nasi lemak sotong instead?”


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